Smart Spending: Oracle's 2010 Acquisitions - Slide 2

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Who: Sun Microsystems, maker of computer servers, storage, networks, Java, MySQL database, software, and services

Amount: $7.4 billion, following extensive inquiries by the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Union

Why: In its press release, Oracle says there are two long-term strategic advantages of the acquisition – Java and Solaris:

“Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle’s fastest growing business, is built on top of Sun’s Java language and software. Oracle can now ensure continued innovation and investment in Java technology for the benefit of customers and the Java community.”

“The Sun Solaris operating system is the leading platform for the Oracle database, Oracle’s largest business, and has been for a long time. With the acquisition of Sun, Oracle can optimize the Oracle database for some of the unique, high-end features of Solaris.”

According to BloggingStocks, Oracle's President Charles Phillips has said that the company has the budget to spend a whopping $70 billion for deals over the next five years. Although he retracted the statement, Oracle has been shelling out big bucks on acquisitions, including the multibillion dollar deal with Sun Microsystems.

The acquisitions aren’t likely to slow down. Reuters quotes Oracle chief financial officer Jeff Epstein as saying:

“We will continue to invest heavily in internal research and development and we'll continue to make small acquisitions and large acquisitions to acquire great products, great R&D.”

We’ve compiled a list of Oracle’s 2010 acquisitions thus far.

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